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Tour of Utah: The Locals

Yesterday we took a look at the Tour of Utah Women's Edition team rosters. Of the 94 riders racing, 12 call Utah home.* Several teams and many sponsors are also local, probably most known outside Utah is DNA Cycling presented by K4. Women's cycling fans aren't picky, they'll be cheering for everyone on Monday and Tuesday, but of course we'd love to see a local take the win.

Tina Pic and Tiffany Pezzulo are two of the top criterium racers in the nation. Tina is ranked 2nd on the USA Crit Series and 3rd on the NCC. Just a quick scan through her wikipedia page will show you how talented she is on the bike. A look at her USA Cycling profile and you'll see how strong she's been in 2015. Tiffany is 4th in the USA Crit Series and 26th on the NCC. She's also had a strong year. Both Tina and Tiffany are racing Saturday night at the Littleton Criterium also on the National Criterium Calendar. In fact, over 25 riders coming to Utah are racing in Colorado tomorrow night.

The field will be keeping on eye on Tina and Tiffany, but they'll also see plenty of action from the other Utahns. You can never rule out the influence of a home crowd on a local racer. These women know how to handle the Utah heat, sun, and altitude and will be giving 110% to podium at The Tour of Utah. Most of Utah's population resides between Logan and Provo, so all these ladies will basically be racing at home and on familiar streets. Kaytie Scott will have extra incentive to win on Tuesday in her hometown of Ogden. I'm sure like all the others, she'll have plenty of fans along the barriers ringing their cowbells.


*Disclaimer: I gathered addresses from USA Cycling, team and athlete websites, and google search. If you know of other athletes on the Tour of Utah roster that call Utah home, please let me know in the comments so I can add them.

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